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Ericsson and Intel launch 5G initiative with Honeywell, GE and the University of California Berkeley

27 February 2017

Ericsson and Intel Corporation are launching the 5G Innovators Initiative (5GI2), an open industry initiative designed to explore, test and innovate with 5G network and distributed edge technology and to accelerate the adoption of 5G wireless and infrastructure innovation. Honeywell, GE and the University of California Berkeley, are the first participants to join the initiative.

Initially the 5GI2 will focus on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) and develop pilots for application of technologies including augmented and virtual reality for first responder drone surveillance of hazardous environments and other uses. The pilots will include step-by-step blueprints of the network, cloud and 5G connectivity requirements – from speed and responsiveness to security and analytics. 

In the future, the pilots are expected to expand to other industries where 5G will enable societal improvements, such as autonomous driving, smart and connected cities, healthcare and media. The pilots will also facilitate accessibility and transparency of results, encouraging progress in support of 5G industry standards and validation of new business models.

Commenting on the initiative, Ulf Ewaldsson, chief strategy and technology officer of Ericsson, said: "This program is totally in line with Ericsson's already established 5G programs, such as 5G for Sweden and 5G for Europe. This collaboration brings together necessary competence from technology providers, industry partners and academia to find sustainable solutions to digitise and transform other industries."
Suresh Venkatarayalu, chief technology officer, Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions, said: "The ability to move large amounts of data across mobile networks is critical to realizing the promise of the Internet of Things. Because of this, 5G technology will be a key enabler as we continue to develop and deploy new connected solutions to improve worker productivity, safety and asset performance across our customers' global supply chains. It will help us bring to market new IoT solutions for aircraft, buildings, homes, industrial plants, logistics providers, manufacturers and retailers."

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